At a June 5 press conference, the Arizona Coalition of Reason and the American Humanist Association will unveil an atheist/agnostic billboard on a major Phoenix highway.
The billboard will beckon nontheistic motorists by reminding them they aren’t alone. Its launch coincides with the 68th Annual Conference of the American Humanist Association, being held in Tempe. This will be one of the largest gatherings of humanists and freethinkers in the United States. The press is invited.
WHO: Jim Lippard, Maggie Ardiente and Fred Edwords will speak at the press conference.
- Jim Lippard is the media representative for the Arizona Coalition of Reason (Arizona COR). He previously served as the president of the Internet Infidels from 2003 to 2005. He is also former editor of the Arizona Skeptic and founder of Phoenix Skeptics, of which he also served as executive director.
- Maggie Ardiente is the director of development for the American Humanist Association and editor of the organization’s membership newsletter, Free Mind. She is also a former member of the Secular Student Alliance board of directors.
- Fred Edwords heads the United Coalition of Reason (United CoR), an organization that promotes local cooperation among humanist and freethought groups in cities across the United States. He is also a former executive director of the American Humanist Association and former editor of the Humanist magazine.
WHERE: Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
60 East Fifth Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281
WHEN: Friday, June 5, 9:00 am
WHY: Nontheists–atheists, agnostics and others who subscribe to no religion–may feel they have no voice in a time when traditional religions dominate public discourse. They may also feel alone–that they aren’t respected in their communities and are vilified simply because they don’t believe in a god. But now they have a place to turn. Come learn more about people who don’t believe in a god and why such a pointed billboard and public conference is needed to change common perceptions of secular Americans.
Contact Karen Frantz at (202) 238-9088 [email protected].